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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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The Voltage‐Controlled Synthesizer

The Voltage‐Controlled Synthesizer

(p.100) (p.101) 6 The Voltage‐Controlled Synthesizer
Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the general operating principles of voltage-controlled systems. Every voltage-controlled device offers one or more adjustable characteristics. Manually operated knobs or sliders fitted on the front of each device acted as potentiometers, regulating the level of voltage supplied to the associated internal circuitry from a common power supply. Keyboards were the most popular, and the most common manual control aids of voltage-controlled systems. The joystick was also a popular alternative, permitting the operator to manipulate two functions simultaneously with one hand.

Keywords:   electronic music, sound synthesizers, voltage-controlled systems

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